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Christmas 2015: 18 best beauty stocking fillers under £20

We find glamorous gifts that won't break the bank - and will fit into a stocking 

Rachel Fiddes
Thursday 03 December 2015 19:05

Beauty gifts don't have to be expensive to be gorgeous, so we've trawled the aisles to find easy-on-the-purse, favourite festive buys.

1. Frankincense & Allspice Festive Bauble: £10, Molton Brown

Hang on the tree, slip in a stocking or use as table gifts. These delightfully irresistible bottles of hand-wash come in nine scents, including festive frankincense, spicy pink pepperpod, sensual ylang ylang, fresh rhubarb and rose and floral blossoming honeysuckle & white tea.

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2. Doe a Deer Lip Balm Pill Box: £15, Andrea Garland

These vintage-looking pill boxes contain a sweet almond, shea butter and beeswax lip balm to keep lips kissably smooth under the mistletoe.

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3. The Star: £10, Aromatherapy Associates

For all those “I'm just not good in the mornings” people (I'm one, I feel your pain), this is the perfect stocking filler to combat sluggish, dark winter mornings. A revitalising blend of pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper berry essential oils, this bath and shower oil will leave you fresh and invigorated, even if you're rising long before the sun.

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4. Smokey Eye Palette in Enigma: £12, Topshop

There is something very festive about a palette – I can still remember my first Christmas eyeshadow set in the late 1980s, consisting mainly of bright blue hues. But, it can be tricky to choose make-up gifts, so go for sets of neutral and smokey shades to suit all skintones. This great stocking filler blends soft shimmery and matt nudes and naturals. Use dry for daytime, or wet for a more dramatic smokey eye.

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5. Christmas Bauble Soap Tin in Mulled Wine: £4.95, Scottish Fine Soaps

Triple milled for a long-lasting, firm soap with a rich lather, these are designed, made and packaged in Stirlingshire, Scotland. Available in four festive flavours including spiced apple, cranberry and cinnamon.

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6. Dream Team: £10, This Works

If your other half is prone to festive-induced stress, slip this into their stocking, sit back and watch them relax. The two aromatherapeutic solutions for stress-busting at Christmas include a Deep Sleep pillow spray and a rollerball Deep Sleep stress less – just roll over pulse points and inhale when the in-laws get too much.

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7. Spa Fig & Black Amber Diffuser: £16, The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary has come up trumps again this year with another stunning selection of Christmas gifts including candles, travel bags and gift sets. The whole range is well worth a look, but this diffuser is definitely up there at the top. Sparkling green notes, and aromatic wild fig blend into a floral jasmine and spicy ginger heart, which dry down into a rich decadent base of black amber, cedar and patchouli.

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8. Snow Globe: £15, Nails Inc

Add some Christmas sparkle with this stunning limited edition, perfect stocking filler-sized polish. Give it a shake and the polish transforms from clear, through to a light dusting of shimmer, to full-on glitter with a vigorous shake-up. Apply over a simple nude, or on top of one of this winter's on-trend darker shades.

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9. Ecotools Festive & Flawless Face Set: £11.99, Superdrug

For a polished airbrush finish to your make-up, you need decent brushes, which can be an expensive outlay. Ecotools doesn't do do overpriced, but it does make excellent quality brushes. This is the perfect starter set containing a flat concealer brush, buffing concealer brush, precision foundation brush, complexion blending brush and a full powder brush. Absolutely flawless.

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10. Mavala Christmas Bauble in Magic Circus: £5, Boots

These eight sparkling mini nail polish shades in transparent ribbon-tied baubles make stunning tree decorations. Magic Circus contains red, green, gold and silver sparkles, while other glittery shades include turquoise, purple and silver.

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11. Heavenly Hands Duo: £10, Balance Me

Best-selling, multi-award winning, ultra-soothing and gorgeously scented, these winter skin-saving hand treats will keep mitts soft and nourished throughout winter with their blend of kukui nut, camellia oils, shea butter and yarrow essential oil.

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12. Penhaligons Scent Library: £14, QVC

Here are 10 of Penhaligon's signature scents for him and for her, all in one perfect package. The scent library includes fruity floral Orange Blossom Eau de Parfum, sparkling fresh floral Artemisia EDP, spicy citrus Iris Prima EDP, white florals Ellenisia EDP and zesty green Quercus Cologne.

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13. Clear Start Tonight: £13.70, Dermalogica

Looking for a skincare start-up kit for a teenager? Look no further than this triple pronged skin saver from Dermalogica; Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub and Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment, will have your teen's skin squeaky clean in no time.

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14. Champneys Cracker Collection: £10, Boots

Four festive favourites ribbon-boxed and wrapped up in crackers. Two shower gels, a shower cream and a body lotion in Enlivening Citrus Blush, Soft Summer Dream and relaxing Heavenly Days. 50ml each, these are the perfect travelling companions.

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15. Mandara Spa Tropical Blooms Shimmering Lip Butter Treats: £4, Sainsbury's

These are two tissue-wrapped, rich nourishing Shea Butter lip treats in a beautiful gold and red metal bauble you can hang on the tree.

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16. British Bloom Bath & Body Collection: £7.50, Tesco

Pretty packaging in retro vintage florals, this set includes Fragrance Mist, Soaps, Hand Cream, Bath Cream and Body Lotion in beautiful old-fashioned scents including lavender, rose and lily of the valley.

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17. Elderflower Fizz Bath Salts and Lip Balm Cracker: £10, Oliver Bonas

A bumper range of Christmas bath and body beauty treats from the homeware experts at Oliver Bonas, include soaps, fragrances, candles, hand wash, hand creams, bath marbles, lip balms and gift sets in a variety of scents including pomegranate, ginger, lime, mint, jasmine, mango, peony rose, neroli, bergamot and lychee. Abstract print designs with stunning neon ribbons make this range a little less Christmas-clichéd than others. It also contains refreshing elderflower lip balm and bath salts.

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18. Autograph Large Cracker Gift Set: £15, Marks and Spencer​

A mini nail polish and eye kohl accompany a pretty multi-shade highlighter in this set. Sweep over cheekbones, decollete and shoulders for a stunning sheeny glow - perfect for the party season.
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